Kids can be picky about just about anything. From certain clothes, to ice cream flavors, to tv shows, it can be a struggle to keep up with constantly changing likes and dislikes. However, a recent trick can help parents make dinnertime less of a battle of wits.
An article on Huffington Post highlights research from Texas A&M University that shows kids will eat more vegetables when they are paired with foods they don’t like. “Researchers stumbled across this finding during an analysis of food waste at schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. They discovered that when more popular main dishes were served for lunch — things like burgers and chicken nuggets — the plated vegetables often went untouched and into the trash. When less favored entrees such as “deli sliders” or baked potatoes were paired with vegetables, there was a significant decrease in vegetable waste and, presumably, an increase in veggie consumption.”
As it turns out, Guilt trips about the starving kids in foreign lands may no longer be the most effective selling point for cauliflower.
Original article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/get-kids-to-eat-vegetables_560c23f0e4b0dd85030a4108